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Chapter 19. What Is Style, and How Do I ... > The 3C's: Consistency, Coherence, Cl... - Pg. 196

What Is Style, and How Do I Get Some? 196 Long-time Boston residents still talk about the molasses flood that engulfed the city's north end on January 15, 1919. Crowds of people were sitting near the Purity Distilling Corporation's 50- foot-high molasses tank enjoying the unseasonably warm day. The tank was filled with over 2 million gallons of molasses--and it was about to burst apart. First, molasses oozed through the tank's rivets. Then the metal bolts popped out, the seams burst, and tons of molasses burst out in a surge of deadly goo. The first wave, over 25 feet high, smashed buildings, trees, people, and animals like toys. Residents were carried into the Charles River, which was soon a gooey brown sludge. However, the molasses was not the only threat. In addition, sharp pieces of the tank sliced through the air, injuring scores of people. After the initial destruction, molasses con- tinued to clog the streets for days. Many survivors had to have their clothing cut off: Dried mo- lasses turned clothing into cement. People were stuck to sidewalks and benches; molasses glued telephone receivers to ears and hands. The smell of molasses stayed in the air for months. The disaster left over 20 people dead and more than 50 hurt. You Could Look It Up Repetition is using the same sound, word, phrase, line, or grammatical structure to link related ideas, create rhythm, and emphasize key points. Only repeat the words that contain a main idea or that use rhythm to focus attention on a main idea.